Bad Dreams and Other Stories

Bad Dreams and Other Stories

eBook - 2017
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In these short stories it's the ordinary things that turn out to be most extraordinary: the history of a length of fabric, say, and a forgotten jacket. Two sisters quarrel over an inheritance and a new baby; a child awake in the night explores the familiar rooms of her home, strange in the dark; a housekeeper caring for a helpless old man uncovers secrets from his past. The first steps into a turning point and a new life are made so easily and carelessly: the stories focus in on crucial moments of transition, often imperceptible to the protagonists. A girl accepts a lift in a car with some older boys, or a young woman reads the diaries she comes across when she's housesitting. Small acts have large consequences, and some of them reverberate across decades; things fantasised in private can reach out to affect other people, for better and worse. An older woman recovering from serious illness speaks to a lonely young man on a train; an old friend brings bad news to a dinner party; a schoolteacher in the throes of a painful affair in 1914 has mixed feelings about her pupils' suffragette-craze. The real things that happen to people, the accidents that befall them, are every bit as mysterious as their longings and their dreams.
Publisher: London : Jonathan Cape, 2017
ISBN: 9780062476685
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Hadley, Tessa Bad dreams
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Alternative Title: Bad dreams


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Aug 30, 2018

I found that too many of the stories had nothing but negativity in them.

Mar 15, 2018

Ten understated stories. I enjoyed reading all of them.

Jun 21, 2017

Tessa Hadley is a first-rate writer, and this is another excellent collection form her.


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